UW Combined Fund Drive

November 23, 2021

December 1 is World AIDS day

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and for those living with chronic illnesses this is especially true. The pandemic has changed the way we work, celebrate and enjoy the world. Although this may still feel new and different, for many, this is not the first pandemic of their lives.

The toll of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is staggering. World AIDS Day estimates that there are 38 million people living with HIV globally. Since its discovery 40 years ago, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has taken more than 35 million lives, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

The theme for the 2021 observance in the U.S. is “Ending the HIV epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”

World AIDS Day was the first ever official global health day, and has been observed since 1988. This day provides an opportunity to join together to fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. 

Nonprofit Spotlight: Lifelong

Today, numerous organizations work to prevent HIV/AIDS and assist those living with the disease. Lifelong is one of the incredible organizations UWCFD is fortunate to partner with. You may recognize their name from their stylish and affordable thrift stores located on Capitol Hill.

As an organization, Lifelong is working to spread awareness to the disproportionate rates of HIV within communities of color. They report: “Every 4 days, a Black and Latinx person is diagnosed with HIV in Washington State”. Through their extensive programming, they work to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, while removing barriers that affect the most vulnerable populations.

Read: What Is the Impact of HIV on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the U.S.?

Awareness and education is key to recognizing World AIDS Day. Misinformation about disease prevention and treatment can be a dangerous health hazard. The more we learn to understand this disease, the further we can progress towards its cure.

Get Involved

National AIDS Memorial Virtual National Observance, December 1
Join the National AIDS Memorial and our partners on World AIDS Day as we bring together powerful voices for a series of inspiring and insightful conversations. 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to more than 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later. This year, as our nation continues to struggle through another pandemic, the National AIDS Memorial will deliver its annual World AIDS Day National Observance to the nation through this virtual forum with timely and powerful discussions focused on health and social justice, particularly among communities of color.

World AIDS Day Vigil, December 1
As we honor the 40-year fight against AIDS in America this year, walk with us on World AIDS Day, December 1, for an evening of remembrance at our Everett location: 3501 Colby Avenue, Suite 100, Everett, WA 98201.

Lifelong’s World AIDS Day Online Auction, December 1 – 7
Join us for our week-long online auction, kicking off on World AIDS Day, December 1 to raise vital funds to support those living with HIV and other serious illnesses with the nutritious food, safe and stable housing, and other critical health services they rely on to achieve their best health, their best life.

Social Media is an effective and safe way to share information and awareness. Post to your favorite platform using these CDC resources. Sample social media post:

December 1 is World AIDS Day. We can work to end the HIV epidemic, community by community. Unite with others around the world to learn how to prevent HIV, support people with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS. #WorldAIDSDay #WAD2021

#ROCKTHERIBBON: Wearing a Red Ribbon represents support for those who have suffered as a result of AIDS, so sport one December 1st to show your solidarity! 

Know your Status: Free HIV Testing, December 1
On December 1, Lifelong will provide HIV testing and PrEP navigation counseling at our Capitol Hill and Everett service centers, as well as provide one-on-one informational sessions for those looking to learn their risk and protect themselves and their loved ones from HIV and other STIs. Services are also available by appointment all year long.

Support

Consider making a one-time contribution or setting up payroll deduction to one of our CFD member organizations working to prevent HIV/AIDS and provide services to community members living with HIV/AIDS:

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research (charity code 0315870): amfAR supports innovative AIDS research educates patients, doctors, the public about HIV treatment/prevention works to protect the rights of all people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Bailey-Boushay House (charity code 0315892): We support people in our community living with HIV/AIDS who have mental illnesses, dependency issues and struggle with homelessness. We provide medication management, counseling, hot meals, and support groups to help them stay healthy longer.

Gay City Health Project (charity code 0315949) Gay City Health Project promotes wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. We are the leading community-based provider of HIV/STI testing in King County.

Lifelong Chicken Soup Brigade (charity code 0330232): Provides food and services to persons living with AIDS in King County, WA

MPowerment Washington (charity code 1481877): Mpowerment Washington is a LGBTQ organization whose mission is to promote lasting sexual health and strong communities through outreach, education and community wellness amongst those most affected by HIV/AIDS and their allies.

Advocates for Youth (charity code: 1479036): Educating and empowering young people to prevent teen pregnancy, fight HIV/AIDS, and change sexual and reproductive health policies around the world.

National AIDS Fund (charity code 1479122): AIDS United is a national network of community-based organizations dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America through access-to-care, prevention, education and advocacy programs.

AIDS Project Snohomish County: (charity code 1481190): AIDS Project Snohomish County APSC supports programs in our community that focus on prevention of further HIV transmission and on supporting those who are infected with HIV/AIDS through the provision of life enhancing services.

Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (charity code 0315163): The leading non-profit organization committed to eradicating pediatric AIDS, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and insuring a better medical treatments for children.